Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Amanda and Elyot know will inevitably happen?

2. What did Amanda let her admirer do that made Elyot jealous?

3. What is the name of the man who used to love and admire Amanda?

4. What starts the final fight between Amanda and Elyot in Act II?

5. According to Amanda, what are Hungarians like?

Short Essay Questions

1. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

2. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

3. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

4. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

5. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

6. What are Amanda's beliefs?

7. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

8. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

9. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

10. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda and Elyot's battles appear to be made up of petty jealousies. Can their love exist without jealousy? Why or why not? What is the point of it? How does it add or detract from their love?

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot have a deep, involved history of being passionately in love and being just as violently hateful toward each other.

1) Compare and contrast the relationship between Amanda and Elyot versus their relationships with Victor and Sibyl. Discuss the similarities and differences using specific examples from the script.

2) How do you believe the new marriages would have worked out had Elyot and Amanda not run away together? Specifically, would Elyot and Amanda have been able to reconcile their "private lives" to their new spouses?

3) In your opinion, should Elyot and Amanda ever again attempt to stay together? Support your arguments with specific examples from the script.

Essay Topic 3

The four main characters of this play are all from England, though the play itself is set in France. What is the purpose of setting the play in two different locations in France? Would it have changed the play to be set in a different country, including the one native to the characters?

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